Towards a complete and coherent network of well-managed marine protected areas in the Mediterranean – 2016-2019

Project led by: MedPAN, SPA/RAC and WWF Mediterranean

Coordination: UNEP/MAP

Funded by: European Commission – DG NEAR B (Regional Programmes for the Southern Neighbourhood).

Overall objective: support the establishment of a network of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean connected, managed and monitored in an effective and ecologically representative manner, ensuring the long-term conservation of key elements of marine biodiversity and supporting sustainable development in the region.

This project covers a period from January 2016 to September 2019 (approved extension of the project), with a budget of €3,000,000. It builds on the achievements of the MedPartnership Project and ensures the continuity of activities at regional and national level, and contributes to the implementation of the Barcelona Convention, by strengthening biodiversity in the Mediterranean.

Pilot sites concerned by the project (through the actions of WWF and SPA/RAC):

  • 2 marine areas in Lebanon that could be declared MPAs in the future,
  • Sallum Bay MPA (Egypt),
  • Jebel Moussa area (Morocco),
  • Northeastern part of the Kerkennah Islands (Tunisia).
  • Several sites are also supported through the specific Call for Small Projects launched at the end of 2017 by MedPAN on sustainable financing and communication of MPAs.